Concordia University

Nicola Pezolet, PhD

Associate Professor, Art History
Undergraduate Program Director, Art History

Office: S-EV 3765 
Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex,
1515 St. Catherine W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 5449
Availability: Winter office hours:
Monday, 11:00 AM-12:00 pm
Thursday, 11:00 AM-12:00 pm
Or by appointment (via email; please do not leave voicemail)


  • PhD (2013) Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge (History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Art)
  • MA (2008) Université Laval, Québec (Histoire de l'Art)
  • BA (2005) Université Laval, Québec (Histoire de l'Art)

Research & Teaching Interests

  • History and Theories of Architecture and the Built Environment in Europe and North America (19th-20th Century)
  • Architecture, Art and Print Culture
  • Modernism, Public Space and the 'Synthesis of the Arts'
  • Critical Historiography and Social History of Art
  • Cold War Cultural Politics
  • Catholic Architecture, Art and Liturgy
  • Monasticism
  • Theological Aesthetics
  • Utopian Thought

Distinctions & Awards


  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Insight Development Grant (2016-2018)
  • Christopher Jackson Teaching Award, Department of Art History, Concordia University
  • Concordia University, Aid to Research-Related Events
  • Fonds de Recherche Société et Culture du Québec, Établissement de nouveaux professeurs-chercheurs (2014-2017)
  • Concordia University Undergraduate Student Research Award (supervisor)
  • Concordia University Faculty Research and Development Program Award
  • Social Science Research Council, International Dissertation Research Fellowship (Paris, 2011-2012)
  • Canadian Centre for Architecture collection research grant (Montreal, 2009)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada doctoral fellowship (Cambridge, 2007- 2011)
  • Fonds Québécois de Recherche sur la Société et la Culture doctoral scholarship (2007- 2011) (declined)
  • MIT presidential fellowship (Cambridge, 2007-2008)
  • Fonds Québécois de Recherche sur la Société et la Culture master's scholarship (2006-2007)
  • Centre Interuniversitaire d'Études sur les Lettres, les Arts et les Traditions (CELAT) travel grant (Vancouver, 2006)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada master's scholarship (Quebec/Montreal, 2005- 2006)
  • Canada Millennium scholarship (Quebec, 2005)

Professional Memberships & Research Teams

  • Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada
  • Universities Art Association of Canada
  • Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art
  • Les lieux des savoirs photographiques: Archives, ateliers, récits, réseaux (FRQSC)
  • Material Religion Initiative (Concordia/Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture)

Teaching activities

Undergraduate Courses

  • ARTH 270 Icons of Architectural History
  • ARTH 283 The Life & Work of Le Corbusier
  • ARTH 371 Studies in Canadian Architecture 
  • ARTH 374 Architecture & Urbanism in Montreal
  • ARTH 400 From the Gesamtkunstwerk to the Postwar "Synthesis of the Arts" (advanced seminar)
  • ARTH 450 Architecture and Utopia (advanced seminar)

Graduate Seminars

  • ARTH 633/2 Image Building: Art, Architecture, and Print Media
  • ARTH 633A Of Utopian Space
  • ARTH 639A The Cold War: Art, Architecture, and Global Politics (1945-1989)
  • ARTH 810A Art History and its Methodologies/Séminaire Intégrateur (Interuniversity PhD program, w/ Dr. Christina Contandriopoulos, UQÀM)

Thesis Supervision

I am interested in research projects focused on collaborative practices between architects, artists and craftspeople in 20th century Western Europe and North America. I have a special interest in the creation of aesthetic environments and atmospheres, both secular and religious, via polychromy, mural painting, stained glass, public sculpture, etc. I am also particularly interested in the occasional overlaps and confrontations between modernism and Catholic sacred art and architecture. I welcome projects involving a study of modern architecture and print media, whether it is professional periodicals, avant-garde journals, little magazines, etc. On a methodological level, I have an active interest in socio-cultural history of art and architecture, as well as by the critical study of the historiography of modernism.

Graduate Students

MA in Art History

Gabrielle Montpetit, Douglas Cardinal’s Circle of Life Thunderbird House: Decolonizing Architecture and Creating Space for Indigenous Realities in Canadian Urban Centres (in progress)

Lindsay Leblanc, Nicolas Schöffer and the Scattered Origins of Cybernetic Art History (in progress)

Emily Bergsma, “Canadian Reject”: Melvin Charney’s Design for the Canadian Pavilion at Expo 70 (2017)

Gillian MacCormack, The Art of Nation-Building: Two Murals by Charles Comfort (1936-37) (2016)

Nancy Webb, In Search of the New Sensibility: Susan Sontag Writing on Art in the Sixties (2015)

PhD in Art History / Humanities

Rebecca Lemire, Decolonizing Design History in the Southwest: Indigenous Architectures, Cross-Cultural-Knowledge, and the Formation of American Modernism (in progress)
Interuniversity PhD in Art History program
Primary supervisor

Philippe Guillaume, Forming Circles: From Photography and Walking to Walking and Photography (in progress)
Interuniversity PhD in Art History program

Co-supervisor (with Dr. Martha Langford)

Melanie Schnidrig, Synthetic Synesthesia: Phenomenology, Immersion and Affect in Multisensorial Art (in progress)
PhD in Humanities
Primary supervisor

Research activities


BA, Sociology, Sir George Williams University

MA, Communications, McGill University

PhD, Communications, Concordia University, Montreal

Teaching interests

Media and Minorities, Neo-Colonial Theory and “Development,” Race, Representation, & Technologies, International Communication, Indigenous Television and Media History, New Media and First Peoples, Mediating Oral Histories, Oral History as Cultural Performance, Civic Journalism.


Coms 419/519 -  Communication and Indigenous Peoples
Coms 473/547 -  International Communications


Publications on media and minorities

Lorna Roth, Leen d’Haenens, and Thierry Le Brun. 2011. "No longer the 'other':

A reflection on diversity in Canadian fiction television,” in Gazette. Special Issue

on Media and Diversity, pp. 1 – 20. Peer reviewed.

Roth, Lorna. 2,000. “Reflections on the Colour of the Internet,” in Journalism and Communication. Chinese (Mandarin) Translation by Dr. Zhenshi Guo.. Beijing: Beijing Broadcasting Institute. Vol. 7. No. 3, pp. 78 – 84.

Roth, Lorna. (1998 ) “The Delicate Acts of “Colour Balancing:” Multiculturalism and Canadian Television Broadcasting Policies and Practices,” in Canadian Journal of Communication. Vol. 23, No. 4. Autumn, p. 487 – 506.

Roth, Lorna. (1998 ) “The Delicate Acts of “Colour Balancing:” Multiculturalism and Canadian Television Broadcasting Policies and Practices,” in Australian-Canadian Studies. Special Communication Issue. Vol. 16, No. 2, p. 65 – 82.

Roth, Lorna. 1996. “The Politics and Ethics of “Inclusion”. Alia, Valerie, Brian Brennan and Barry Hofmaster (eds.). Deadlines and Diveristy: Journalism Ethics in a Changing World. Halifax: Fernwood Press, p. 72 – 91.

Aboriginal media publications


Roth, Lorna. 2005. Something New in the Air: The Story of First Peoples Television in Canada. Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press.

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals and Chapters in Books:

Roth,Lorna.  2013.  “Canadian First Peoples’ Mediascapes:  (Re)framing a Snapshot with Three Corners,”in Leslie Shade (ed.).  Mediascapes.  Toronto: Thomson, pp. 364 – 389. Peer-Reviewed.

Lorna Roth. 2011. “First Peoples’ Television in Canada: Origins of the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network,” in Bredin, Marion and Sigurjon B. Hafsteinsson(eds.) Indigenous Screen Cultures. Winnipeg: University of Manitobe Press. Chapter 1, pp. 17 – 34.  Peer reviewed.

Roth, Lorna. 2010. “The Social Movement of Indigenous Media in Canada’” in John Downing (ed.), Encyclopedia of Social Movement Media. London: Sage Publications.

Roth, Lorna. 2009. “Canadian First Peoples’ Mediascapes: A Snapshot with Three Corners,” in Mediascapes. Leslie Shade (ed.) Thomson Publications.

Roth,Lorna.  2007.  In Memory of Gail Guthrie Valaskakis 1939 –2007:  A Personal View. Canadian Journal of Communication.  Vol.32 (2007): 621 - 628.

Roth, Lorna. 2007. ‘(re)Colouring the Public Broadcasting System in Canada: A Case Study of the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network,’ in Fuller, Linda K. (ed.) Community Media: International Perspectives (Aboriginal/ Indigenous Experiences, Current Case Studies, Virtual Community Visions. London: Sage Publications.

Roth, Lorna. October, 2006. ‘Snapshots & Dialogues: Canadian Ethnic Television Broadcasting and Social Cohesion,’ in New Citizens, New Policies? Developments in diversity Policy in Canada and Flanders. Gent: Academia Press, pp. 171 - 200.

Roth,Lorna.  Spring, 2006 . “Views,” in EthicalSpace.  Leeds, U.K.

Roth, Lorna. 2005. (Revised and republished). ‘First Peoples’ Television in Canada’s North: A Case Study of the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network,’ in Mediascapes: New Patterns in Canadian Communication. Attallah, Paul and Leslie Shade (eds.). Toronto: Nelson Thomson Learning. Original Publication in 2002.

FayeGinsberg and Lorna Roth, 2005.  “CASESTUDY:  Indigenous Television,” in  Creeber, Glen, ed.  TELE-visions:  An Introduction to Studying Television.London:  British Film Institute.

Roth, Lorna and Faye Ginsburg. 2003. “Thinking Outside the Box: Indigenous Television in Australia and Canada,” in Miller, Toby (ed.). The Television Book. London: British Film Institute.

Roth, Lorna. 2002. “First Peoples’ Television in Canada’s North: A Case Study of the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network,” in Mediascapes: New Patterns in Canadian Communication. Attallah, Paul and Leslie Shade (eds.). Toronto: Nelson Thomson Learning.

Roth,Lorna.  (2000)  “The Crossing of Borders and the Building ofBridges:  Steps in the Construction ofthe Aboriginal Peoples Television Network in Canada,” Special Issue on CanadianCommunications. Gazette (International Journal of CommunicationStudies.  Vol. 62(3-4):251-269.    Sage Publications.  London. Thousand Oaks and New Delhi.

Roth, Lorna. 1999. “How Comfortably Does the Internet Sit on Canada’s Tundra? Reflections on Public Access to the Information Highway in the North” in d”Haenens, Leen (ed.). Cyberidentities: Canadian & European Presence in Cyberspace. University of Ottawa Press, p. 83 – 97.

Roth, Lorna. 1998. “Television Broadcasting North of 60,” in Images of Canadianness. Visions on Canada’s Politics, Culture, Economics. Leen d’Haenens, ed. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press – International Canadian Studies Series, p. 147 – 166.

Roth, Lorna. 1996. “Northern Voices and Mediating Structures: First Peoples’ Television Broadcasting North of 60,” in Holmes, Helen and David Taras (eds.). Seeing Ourselves: Media Power and Policy in Canada. Second Edition. Toronto: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Canada Inc., p. 173 – 191.

Roth, Lorna, with Bev Nelson and Marie David. 1995. “Three Women, a Mouse, a Microphone, and a Telephone: Information (Mis)Management During the Mohawk/Canadian Governments’ Conflict of 1990,” in Feminism, Multiculturalism, and the Media: Global Diversities. Angara Valdivia (ed.), Pennsylvania State University. Sage Publication, p. 48 – 81.

Roth, Lorna. 1995. “Radio Mohawk et dialogues culturels: Réflexions sur l’émission ‘The Party Line’ de Radio-Kahnawake,” in Sauvageau, Florion, Pierre Trudel, Marie-Héléne Lavoie (eds.). Les tribuns de la radio: échos de la crise d’Oka. Québec: Institut québécois de recherche sur la culture, p. 85 – 102.

Roth, Lorna. 1995. “(de)Romancing the North,” Borderlines. Special Issue on Race. Issue No. 36: 36 – 43.

Roth, Lorna. 1993. “Mohawk Airwaves and Cultural Challenges: Some Reflections on the Politics of Recognition and Cultural Appropriation After the Summer of 1990,” Canadian Journal of Communications – Special Thematic Issue on Indigenous Peoples and Communications. Volume 18. No. 3. Summer: 315 – 331.

Roth, Lorna. 1993. “Constituency-based Broadcasting Policy: A Canadian Perspective”, Chapter in Brian Lewis (ed.). Conference Proceedings. Comparative Japanese/Canadian Communication and Cultural Policies.

Roth, Lorna. 1992. “Media and the Commodification of Crisis,” chapter in Raboy, Marc and Bernard Dagenais (eds.). Media, Crisis and Democracy: Essays on Mass Communication and the Disruption of Social Order. Sage Publication: Media, Culture and Society Book Series, p. 144 – 161.

Roth, Lorna, with Gail Valaskakis. 1989. “Aboriginal Broadcasting in Canada: A Case Study in Democratization,” in Raboy, Marc and Peter A. Bruck (eds.) Communication For and Against Democracy. Montreal: Black Rose Books, p. 221 – 234.

Roth, Lorna. 1991. “The Role of CBC Northern Service in the Federal Election Process”. Study commissioned by the Royal Commission on Electoral Reform and Party Financing. Fletcher, Frederick J. (ed.). Election Broadcasting in Canada. Volume 21. Toronto: Dundurn Press, p. 303 – 346.

Colour Balance: Race, Visual Technologies, & Intelligent Design

Roth, Lorna. 2012.  "The Fade-Out of Shirley, a Once-Ultimate Norm:  Colour Balance, Image Technologies, and Cognitive Equity," in Ron Hall (ed.).  The Melanin Millennium:  Skin Color as the 21st Century International Discourse.  Springer Publications.  Peer-Reviewed.

Roth, Lorna. 2011. “Flesh in Wax : Demystifying the Skin Colors of the Common Crayon,” in Jonathan Finn (Ed.). Images in Action: Readings in Visual Communication and Culture. Oxford University Press.  Chapter 6, pp. 73 -85.  Peer reviewed.

“FaceValue, Skin Colour and Intelligent Technologies,” Gerard Reteiglezing.25th Jubilee Lecture (Published), National Multicultural Television Network,Amsterdam, 17 February, 2010.

Roth, Lorna. April, 2009.  “Looking at Shirley, the Ultimate Norm:  Colour Balance, Image Technologies, and Cognitive Equity,” in Canadian Journal of Communication.  Vol 34, No. 1, 2009:  111 – 136.

Roth, Lorna.  April 9, 2009.  “Home on the Range: Kids, Visual Culture, and Cognitive Equity,” in Cultural Studies /Critical Methodologies, Special Issue on Race and Kids Culture. 

Web Publication

LornaRoth,  “Voices from Sunnyvale Trailer Park: the US Meets Canada Via the Trailer Park Boys” posted on  In Media Res, April 9, 2009. Located at

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